lose (one's) nerve

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lose (one's) nerve

To no longer have the courage to do something. I did want to ride the roller coaster earlier, but I'm starting to lose my nerve now that we're actually here.
See also: lose, nerve

lose one's nerve

Become frightened or timid, lose courage. For example, I wanted to ski down the expert slope but then I lost my nerve. This expression employs nerve in the sense of "courage or boldness." [Early 1900s]
See also: lose, nerve
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Albert had flattened out a cat, and Miss Schlegel had lost her nerve, as any woman might.
The dog's owner called the fire service after the sevenyear-old pooch "lost her nerve and wouldn't come down".
The former Bond girl lost her nerve during a highspeed motorbike stunt in the sci-fi adventure movie.
But the way the Russian lost her nerve when leading 6-1 5-1 against compatriot Nadia Petrova in Tuesday's quarter-final will be a concern.
The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger tracked down one of her son's killers but lost her nerve before she could confront him, it has emerged.
Hedlund said at this point she became weak and unbalanced and froze in the saddle, having lost her nerve. She said that in the circumstances she was unable to ride the filly to the best of her ability, and added she had felt very nervous riding in her first three races in Britain.
The 31-year-old actress who, in spite of her worldwide success, had lost her nerve and self-confidence, watched as one of the thousands of "infomercials" - advertising-based programmes - played on her screen.
Morigami served for the match at 5-3 in the final set, but the Japanese lost her nerve, her serve to love and Williams was home and dry for a last-16 clash with Maria Sharapova.
One of Camilla's friends said later: "She used to stay fit by going out with the hunt until she lost her nerve and gave up riding.